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Default 10-15-2007, 03:36 PM

Jay's Grave

At the side of the road that runs between Heatree Cross and Hound Tor you come across one of Dartmoor's most poignant monuments, the wayside grave of Kitty Jay. She is said to have been a poor workhouse orphan who having been deserted by her lover hanged herself. In those days a suicide could not rest in consecrated ground but had to be buried at a cross roads with a stake driven through the heart. Kitty’s bones were re-discovered in 1860 by a road mender named James Bryant and re-buried in their present location. From that day forth fresh flowers would be mysteriously appear upon the grave and no –one ever discovered who was responsible. Even when snow lay thick upon the ground the flowers would appear each morning yet no footprints were ever discovered leading to or from her resting place. More startling are the reports of a footless, ghostly figure that has often been seen floating over the grave.

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